World Aircraft Carriers List: Yugoslavia

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Zmaj small seaplane tender

Displacement: 1,870 tons
Dimensions: 249 x 43 x 12 feet/75.9 x 13.1 x 3.6 meters
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 3260 hp, 16 knots
Crew: unknown
Armor: probably none
Armament: 2 10.5 cm AA, 5 37 mm AA, 6 20 mm AA, 120 mines
Aircraft: 10 seaplanes

Concept/Program: A small seaplane tender which was in Yugoslavian service during the 1930's. Details of her history are sketchy.

Design: Large working deck aft, with a crane at its forward end, and another small working deck aft of the superstructure.

Departure from Service/Disposal: Captured by the Germans during WWII, employed for various duties, and sunk by British aircraft.

Photos: [Zmaj as completed].

Built by DWA Reihersteig, Hamburg. Laid down ??, launched 22 June 1929, completed 8-9/1929; damaged by fire 9 Sept 1929 prior to delivery, repairs completed 20 August 1930.

Captured by the Germans at Split 17 April 1941 and renamed Drache; initially used as an air force utility vessel, then as a troop transport (after 25 Nov 1941), then by the navy as a minelayer (converted 3-8/1942). She carried a landing pad for experimental helicopters 1-2/1943. Sunk by British aircraft at Samos 22 Sept 1944.

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